All Saints Day 2015

St. John’s was the scene of a fun craft for All Saints Day on November 1st. Inspired by the wealth of saintly peg dolls that can be found all over the web these days, as well as a plethora of lovely books to use as references, some of our crafty parishioners created masterpieces of paint, felt, embroidery floss, and glue, turning ordinary wooden clothespins into beautiful and unique representations of their favorite saints. They are now on display in the Parish Hall, and we hope to add more peg dolls to our “Communion of Saints” next year!

From left to right: Frederick Douglass, St. Brigid of Kildare, St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Patrick, and the twin saints Benedict and Scholastica.

November Potluck

Chili was the main entree at today’s community meal, following the service. The food was delicious and the fellowship was warm. Today was also Clergy Appreciation Day, and St. John’s presented our rector Susan de Puy Kershaw with a small gift to thank her for her many years of hard work and dedication to our parish. The afternoon ended with a special program for children using the Holy Moly video series. Participants made a special project to accompany the lesson about Abraham and Sarah. The next potluck is Sunday, Nov 1st — All Saints’ Day! Here are a few photos from the event.

Art After School | Sep 2015

Art After School is off to a great start with over 20 young artists participating! One of our amazing Racheal-Inspired projects was making bowls out of torn bits of tissue paper and glue. The gorgeous results will be on display at our annual Art Show on Wednesday, November 4, at 5 p.m. The show will feature the work done this semester. We are so proud of these young artists! Mark your calendar today, and plan on attending. Bring friends and relatives!

Below is a slideshow of pictures from Art After School in September. (If the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr.)

A letter from Bishop Rob Hirschfeld

Tending the Vine:
“Reflections on the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church”

A letter from Bishop Rob Hirschfeld

By now, the news media have reported on the major decisions that have come out of General Convention in Salt Lake City that ended last week. Other decisions hardly drew much attention at all. As people who see the world through a sacramental lens, we are invited to examine not only what is manifested openly, but also to investigate and take note of the inward and spiritual.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of Bishop Rob’s letter.

Art After School | May 2015

Art After School completed the ninth program year with an art party. What is a party without party hats and games? Everyone had to make a party hat out of colorful papers and then wear their hats at the picnic featuring delicious treats. It was a hot day and the game was a welcome activity as it involved containers of cold water and marbles. The object was to pick up all the marbles, using only your toes. Lots of fun was had by all!

Many thanks go to an amazing group of creative young artists, to their parents who supported our efforts, and to our assistants, Jane Bowry, Marilyn Wilking, and Joanne King. We look forward to September and the beginning of Art After School’s 10th year!

Below is a slideshow of pictures from the Art After School End of Year Party. (If the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr.)

Art After School | Apr 2015

One of the most popular and fun projects completed at Art After School in April was making stuffed animals. Using a felt base, the children cut, sewed, and glued fabric scraps to create beautiful little creatures. Some of the children had previous experience sewing by hand, but others learned a new skill. Threading the needle was especially challenging, but also rewarding upon success! It was a lot of fun watching the animals come to life.

Below is a slideshow with pictures of the kids making their stuffed animals. (If the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr.

Nominees for Presiding Bishop

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop has published a booklet with information about each of the four candidates for Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, one of whom will be elected this summer at the General Convention. The list of nominees is as follows:

  • The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal
    SOUTHERN OHIO
  • The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry
    NORTH CAROLINA
  • The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas
    CONNECTICUT
  • The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith
    SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Click here to read the nomination booklet and “meet” the candidates.

Art After School | Mar 2015

March was a busy month at Art After School. One of our favorite projects was making “Box Monsters.” As you can see, the children and our adult volunteers had a great time creating these little creatures using tissue boxes and colored paper. We love how each monster is different!

Below is a slideshow with pictures of the kids hard at work on their monsters. (If the slideshow doesn’t load properly on your device, you can click here to view the gallery on flickr.